Conference and Events
21st Annual Conference
August 1-5, 2018
Presented by the
St. Thomas Aquinas Society
Pikes Peak Center
190 S. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Bishop Michael Sheridan
Bishop Michael Sheridan was born in St. Louis, MO on March 4, 1945. He was ordained as a diocesan priest by Cardinal John J. Carberry on May 29, 1971. On September 3, 1997 Bishop Sheridan was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of St. Louis by Archbishop Justin Rigali. On December 4, 2001 Bishop Sheridan was appointed coadjutor bishop of Colorado Springs and became the bishop of the diocese on January 30, 2003.
Bishop Sheridan has received several graduate degrees in theology, including a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas [Angelicum] in Rome. We are honored to have Bishop Sheridan celebrate our Friday evening Mass this year. www.diocs.com
Fr. Chris Alar, MIC
Director of the Association of Marian Helpers
Father Chris entered the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the religious community entrusted with spreading the message and devotion of Divine Mercy, as a postulant in July, 2006. Prior to that, he received a BS in industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan. After working several years at a Fortune 500 company, he began his own consulting company in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2000.
After answering the Lord's call, he attended Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, for his philosophy studies and earned his Masters of Divinity from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Over the past several years he has been mentored by the world's leading experts in Divine Mercy, and he has spoken at over 100 parishes to date. Currently he lives and works on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, where he serves as "Fr. Joseph, MIC," the director of the Association of Marian Helpers.
Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza
Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in New York and to the Organization of American States
His Excellency Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, is a native of Talibon, Philippines. He earned a doctorate in Theology and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1990. He served at the Apostolic Nunciature in Madagascar, in Bulgaria, and then in Albania. He then served in the Secretariat of State in the Vatican and from there was appointed to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York. He was named Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti on 8 May 2008 and was ordained an Archbishop on 3 July 2008. He was appointed Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York on 1 July 2014 and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Organization of American States on 16 July 2014.
Fr. Bill Halbing
God's Word Alive Today
Fr. Bill Halbing, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, is known for his gift of bible teaching. Fr. Bill, attended the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Mahwah, New Jersey, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark on October 30th, 1982. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and received both his Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewish-Christian studies and his Master of Divinity degree at Seton Hall University.
Active in Charismatic Renewal since 1975, Fr. Bill has been a guest speaker at national charismatic conferences in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Denver, Florida, New Hampshire and Idaho and has traveled as far as Canada, Guyana, Eastern Europe and the Philippines to preach God's Word. He is also involved in door-to-door evangelization, Catechism for Filipino Catholics, Bookas Loob Sa Diyos and Hispanic ministry. He has been a featured guest speaker at conferences, retreats, days of renewal, parish missions and youth bible conferences.
Singer and Songwriter
Catholic singer, Annie Karto has traveled the country extensively these past 20 years, her ministry taking her to Europe, New Zealand, Rwanda, Africa, Guatemala, and Trinidad. Annie weaves her songs in and out of her testimonies.
Over 20 years ago, after a deep conversion experience before the Blessed Eucharist, Annie was given the penance to spread the Lord’s Divine Mercy for the rest of her life. This “penance” has become a great joy!
Annie has strived to use her gift of voice, and speaking skills to evangelize wherever the Lord calls her. A highlight in her ministry was writing and singing a song for Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza, titled, “Song for Immaculee” leading to a trip to Immaculee’s village in Rwanda, Africa, in August of 2011.
Annie has been invited to major conferences, and also shared at Magnificat Breakfasts, Divine Mercy retreats and Days of Reflection. Some of Annie’s talks include Divine Mercy Flood My Soul” which is her focus, “Mary, Masterpiece of Mercy,” “Rise up and Shape the Culture, “The Beauty of being a Catholic Woman.”
Annie has recorded 6 CDs with some to the best musicians in N.Y. city.
She has appeared on EWTN’s Backstage program, and her ministry has taken her to Europe, New Zealand, Africa, Guatemala and Trinidad. The title song of Annie’s hit CD, “Overshadow Me” won an award from UCMVA. “You are a Priest Forever” has encouraged hundreds of priests throughout the country, and has received two apostolic blessings, one from blessed Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI.
Annie and her husband Dave have been married 35 years, and have 4 children and 9 grand children.
Fr. James R. Kelleher,
Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade
Fr. Kelleher is an internationally recognized speaker on the topic of Eucharistic Adoration and the family rosary. He has fulfilled major speaking engagements at Marian and Eucharistic Conferences in the United States, England and India. Fr. Kelleher founded Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade on October 19, 2003 in Rome, Italy on the day Mother Teresa was beatified.
Fr. Kelleher launched his first large Rosary Crusade in the Diocese of Dallas with An Evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary on Friday night, May 13th in the Cotton Bowl with 22,000 people in attendance. On Sunday, May 25,2008, he organized An Afternoon of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary in the Kansas City Royals Baseball Stadium with 25,000 participants. Both events were broadcast around the world on EWTN. From 2013 through 2017, Fr. Kelleher did eight smaller Rosary Crusades throughout the country of Ireland. On Sunday night, July 23 2017, he organized An Evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary in the Spokane Avista Baseball Stadium with approximately 5,000 people attending.
Teaching Mariology, Spiritual Theology and Evangelization at the college and seminary levels, Fr. Kelleher holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology and a licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. After his graduation from Notre Dame, Fr. Kelleher worked for Coopers & Lybrand, a Big Eight public accounting firm, as well as Santa Fe Communications, a Catholic cable network, in Los Angeles.
Fr. James R. Kelleher, SOLT, S.T.D. was the founding President of Our Lady of Corpus Christi (OLCC), a Catholic undergraduate, liberal arts institution founded by the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. The vision of OLCC was the education and evangelization of the world's young people and their nations. Under Fr. Kelleher's leadership, a world-class Chapel of Perpetual Adoration was constructed from 2001-2003 on the OLCC campus.
August 2, 2018 at 7:00pm
Pikes Peak Center
190 Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Michael Russell O'Brien
Catholic Entertainment's Best Kept Secret!
Michael has been a headliner at more than 100 Catholic Conferences and 800 Catholic Parishes. Each year Michael performs a "one man show" of classic Catholic Music Hits and humorous stories of his conversion back to the faith. The former BMG rock music category solo artist reached chart status and after an unexpected trip to Medjugorje, put that career on hold to become one of the top Catholic recording artists and conference speakers of the last 30 years!
Michael's Catholic Music recordings have received millions of views on YouTube.
Michael spent 10 years as a published advice columnist for a major Catholic Magazine.
Michael has a #1 Catholic YouTube music video for Hail Mary / Gentle Woman.
Michael was a 2013 Keynote Speaker for the Catholic Organization “Legatus”
Michael Russell O'Brien Facebook page has become one of the top Catholic related fan pages.